Netflix and Disney have halted production of current movies and TV shows to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Netflix confirmed The edge that it suspend scripted television and film productions in the United States and Canada for two weeks due to government restrictions, health and safety measures. A Disney statement reiterates that “although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after taking into account the current environment and the best interests of our cast and our team, we have made the decision to suspend production on some of our live action movies for a short time. Disney’s statement added that it “will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as possible”. It is unclear whether this will affect release dates at this time.
For Disney, that means a number of top-notch productions, including the live remake of The little Mermaid and others are currently in different stages of production. Before Disney’s announcement, Marvel Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings director, Destin Daniel Cretton, announced that he is currently undergoing self-isolation procedures while waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19. The first unit production is thus interrupted in London.
It’s a little more difficult to determine how many Netflix productions are affected by the two-week break, as there is an assortment of shows and movies at different production levels at any given time. Deadline reports this Strange things, Grace and Frankie, Sex / life, and Ryan Murphy Prom have stopped production. The edge contacted Netflix for more details on the number of movies and TV shows involved.
Before the announcements by Netflix and Disney, a number of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were announced. Disney closes its last remaining parks – Disney World Orlando, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland in Anaheim – from this weekend. Employees from other vertical areas of Disney, including ESPN, direct-to-consumer, Disney Television, Disney Studios and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, were also invited to work from home if possible.
Several films from Disney and other studios, including Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures, have been delayed. Mulan, New mutants, Wood, F9, No time to die, and A quiet place II have all been postponed until later this year or for a period that has not yet been announced. F9 is delayed until April 2021, taking up a space reserved for the tenth installment of the deductible.
Other major studios, including Sony Pictures, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros., have not announced major closings yet. Warner Bros. stopped production of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic after actor Tom Hanks tested positive for the new coronavirus.
“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come into direct contact with the person,” said Warner Bros. spokesperson said IndieWire. “The health and safety of the members of our company is always our top priority, and we take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”